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Assistant Professor
Trombone and Low Brass
FM 112

Dr. Donald Pinson

Dr. Donald Pinson maintains a full schedule as both a performer and an educator. As an orchestral musician, he serves as principal trombonist of both the Mid-Texas Symphony and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and he has also performed with ensembles such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and San Antonio Symphony. In addition to the alto and tenor trombone, he is experienced in performing early music on the sackbut, most notably under conductor Helmut Rilling as part of the Festivalensemble Stuttgart (Germany) in 2006.

Active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and clinician, Dr. Pinson has been a featured soloist with numerous ensembles in both classical and jazz idioms, and he has taken a particular interest in performing the literature for solo trombone and organ. He has performed concerts and educational programs throughout the South Texas region with the Del Mar Brass Trio and the Corpus Christi Brass Quintet. He has also performed and lectured at venues such as the International Trombone Festival, the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, the Big XII Trombone Conference, and the Texas Jazz Festival. An active member of the International Trombone Association, he is the Competitions Coordinator for the ITA, responsible for the implementation of fourteen annual competitions with an international pool of applicants and judges.
Dr. Pinson is currently Assistant Professor of Trombone and Low Brass at Del Mar College, where his duties include teaching trombone, euphonium, and tuba students, brass ensembles, and courses in music theory and the History of Rock and Roll. Previous teaching experience includes work with students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Brookhaven College, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas, and his mentors have included Vern Kagarice, John Kitzman, Dennis Bubert, Barney McCollum, and Ron Wilkins.